The heavily wooded property near the corner of North State Street and County Line Road could soon become the site of high-end condominiums.

The heavily wooded property near the corner of North State Street and County Line Road could soon become the site of high-end condominiums.

Development group Romanelli and Hughes presented plans to the Westerville Planning Commission Sept. 22 for 3.8 acres to the west of 374 N. State St. on County Line Road.

Romanelli and Hughes hopes to construct a 30-unit condo complex with three main residential buildings and three smaller garages. The units would sell for between $200,000 and $275,000 apiece, said attorney David Fisher, who represented the company before the planning commission.

Plans for the lot, which is heavily wooded now, would preserve as many trees as possible, Fisher said, and would include a boulevard-style parking lot with trees and landscaping.

To move forward with the development, Romanelli and Hughes would need a zoning change and a density bonus approved by the planning commission. The presentation of plans at the Sept. 22 meeting was meant to gauge feedback from the commission on the plans.

Though the property currently is zoned residential, Fisher said the request to change that to a planned neighborhood district follows the city's North Westerville Plan.

"We're excited about the plan we've been able to bring forth so far. We think it fits within the parameters of the north Westerville plan," Fisher said.

Planning commission members reacted positively to the plans.

"My first impression is it's a nice development. I was curious as to what would end up there," planning commission member Paul Johnson said.

Member Matt Whitehead said a condominium development is a good choice for the site.

"I appreciate that they're condos, not apartments," he said. "We don't need more apartments. Home ownership is important for the city."

Planning commission chairman Gerald Domanik said he's glad to see that Romanelli and Hughes is the developer that has taken on the site.

"We're fortunate that this is at least being considered or looked at by an organization that has done a lot in this town and has a quality product," Domanik said. "It's nice."

However, commission members said they would have to see the exact proposal before formulating finite positions on the plans, especially to allow the density bonus.

Fisher said Romanelli and Hughes will bring the final plans back to the planning commission for a vote as soon as possible.

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